Clay in the curriculum

First and second class

Strand Unit: Developing form in clay: The child should be enabled to:

  • Explore and discover the possibilities of clay as a medium for imaginative expression / squeezing, pinching, pulling, squashing, prodding, rolling a small ball of clay / tearing pieces from the clay and putting them together again / making forms of different sizes that have simple flowing contours
  • Change the form of a small ball of clay, using the medium expressively / making animals or birds, real or imagined, and finishing them with surface texture and/or incised decoration / making sturdy clay figures based on stories, poems, songs, music, drama
  • Work inventively with cubes or oblong blocks of clay and add details to suggest a solid structure / designing and making a house / designing and making a variety of buildings to suggest a town
  • Make simple pottery / designing and making a pinch-pot or a coilbuilt pot finishing it with incised decoration or paint and varnishing it when dry
  • Experiment with and develop line, shape, texture and pattern in clay
  • Decorating clay slabs with patterns of small clay coils and pellets / experimenting with textural effects / working in low relief on small, thick slabs of clay

Strand Unit: Looking and responding: The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, handle and talk about natural and manufactured objects for experience of three-dimensional form / pebbles, shells, fir cones, soft, moulded or carved toys, simple pottery
  • Look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and figures by famous sculptors with contrasting styles (or slides or prints) describing the form / how it felt to work with the clay / how the sculptor may have worked / what he/she or the artist was trying to express / what he/she likes best about the work